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Recap of the 2018 VenturingFest

By Nicole Steele, VenturingFest 2018 Participant “What do you get when you add intense heat, lightning alert lockdowns, a twenty-minute walk just to get food, and a purple shirt with your WR Area 4 VOA advisor’s face on it? VenturingFest! On July 1st, hundreds of participants met up at the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the […]

Be Prepared: Introducing the Estate Planning Website to Help Your Family and Scouting

We have added a new component to our website which we hope will be of value to you, our loyal families and supporters of Scouting. Our new website – – includes information about personal, financial, and estate planning resources. We are here to assist you in creating an estate plan that is right for […]

What Does Duty to God Mean to You? Part 1 & 2

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America adopted a resolution that reaffirms the organization’s Duty to God. The National Executive Board of the BSA continues to recognize this as a fundamental component of our overall mission. The Scout Oath is one of the first things a Scout learns when he/she joins, stating “On my honor I […]

Veterans of Foreign War Awards for 2018

The Department of California Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announced Troop Leader Jim Clements, Boy Scout Troop 727 and Eagle Scout Joshua O’Neill are the recipients of prestigious Scouting awards in California. VFW’s Scout of the Year program provides members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country […]

Christian Redman Receives OC Sea Scouting Youth Leadership Award

Article by: Sheila McNutt Christian Redman is passionate about Sea Scouting and has represented Sea Scouting in Color Guard at more than 30 Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America events over the last 6 years. He has a revolutionary war drum and expertly leads the guard with a cadence. He has taken time off from his […]

Philmont Program Announcement

PHILMONT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT – UTE PARK FIRE 6/4/18 4:00 MDT “The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is a priority for everybody at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America.  While efforts continue to extinguish the fire currently burning in the back-country, the anticipated damage and inability to access the affected […]

Meet the New Family Scouting Director: Julie Anderson

The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to introduce you to our new Family Scouting Director, Julie Anderson! Most of you will recognize her from her previous role as Director of Activities for the Orange County Council. Julie has long been involved with Scouting, her first hire being in the summer of […]

Safety Minute: Scout Troop Trailers

For many Scouting units, trailers are an indispensable part of camping trips. Anytime you plan to spend a night or two in the great outdoors, chances are plans include taking along a camping trailer to haul and store your gear. There are three areas that troops should consider in relation to their trailers. They are: […]

Exciting Updates to OA Program Coming in 2019

The National Order of the Arrow Committee approved some exciting updates to the Order of the Arrow program. Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows: Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of […]

Pack 541 Donates Over 200 Items to OC Rescue Mission

After Pack 541 had a successful 2017 popcorn fundraiser, the pack leadership committee wanted to allocate some of the surplus funds towards a service project for the community. This is a wonderful way for Scouts to give back to the community and instill values such as compassion and service to others. Webelos of Pack 541 […]

Orange County Council Statement on BSA-LDS Relationship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that it will conclude its relationship as a Chartered Partner with all Scouting programs around the world effective December 31, 2019. In a joint statement between the Church and BSA it was stated that “until that date, to allow for an orderly transition, the […]

Spring Recruitment Gives Packs an Edge

It is a proven fact, Cub Scout Packs that recruit year-round are more successful. They achieve healthy growth patterns, they maintain all program age level dens-avoiding program gaps and they engage more adult/parent leadership into the Pack culture. Moreover, Packs that recruit in the Spring tend to have robust Spring and Summer programs. They know […]

Father Knew Best

An essay by Ray Capp, April 17th, 2018 My Dad died 28 years ago today, and this morning I was thinking what a good man he was. Growing up in Canton, Ohio (home of the Football Hall of Fame) there was really only one universally encouraged extracurricular activity for boys.  Some kids played Little League, […]

Tips to Promote Friends of Scouting

Did you know it costs $300 each year to provide Scouting to each Scout in Orange County? Troop 727 uses this as part of their motivation to fundraise through Friends of Scouting, Adventure Cards and Popcorn sales. Jim Clements, Scoutmaster of Troop 727, finds it’s crucial to support the Orange County Council because it “allows […]

OC’s Oldest Eagle Scout to be Honored

Growing up in Long Beach, California, Robert “Bob” Hayden would often watch his older brother go on camping trips and complete various merit badges. “I could hardly wait to turn 12 years old so then I could finally become a Boy Scout” said Bob. He made sure he had all the paper work ready to […]